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next former speaker of the house newt gingrich presents the second book in the historical fiction serious "victory at yorktown." it's a little over an hour. good etching. i have the honor of being the executive director of the ronald reagan presidential center. it's a pleasure to welcome you here on the rainy evening. in honor the men and women in uniform who defend our freedom around the world within if you would stand and join me for the pledge of allegiance. i plek allegiance to the flag of united states of america. and to the republican for which it stands, one nation under god, and with lib if i and justice for all. thank you. please be seated. before we get started ilgd like to recognize a few special guests we have with us. i would like to begin with a welcome to one of our members of board of trustees and the former governor of the state of california pete wilson. governor. [applause] [applause] our county supervisor peter floyd. peter, thank you for coming. [applause] now for those of who who were patient enough to go through the book signing line prior to the event this
. >> and i was on the panel. with a very young newt gingrich among others. >> very thin newt gingrich too but that's a different story. this is a the book really about the reality that in 43 years, two of us have been immersed in the politics of washington washington from one in the pennsylvania avenue to the other, we have never seen it this dysfunctional. the dysfunction is that a critical mass and we felt we had to speak out about how the problem is and is the book says even worse than it looks. it never looks good and we have to talk about who is at fault in what we can do to get out of it. half the book is about how we been get out of this mess. >> the argument basically is twofold. one, we have now polarized political parties. internally, homogeneous, very much at loggerheads, much like elementary parties, the eminently oppositional. they have to work in a constitutional system based on separation of powers and checks and balances. the mismatch between our parties and our governing institutions is problem number one. problem number two, which is the toughest thing for us to say, and
was given to him by the editor of a new magazine in america called esquire and arnold gingrich was the editor and he said i will give you 3,000 -- if you start writing some articles for me. >> host: you spent a bit of time on hemingway's family. why? >> guest: i wanted to understand all of the people, not just hemingway himself who came across the transom of that boat. one of the most powerful stories is quote story of his third son, gregory, who grew up to be a doctor, who was a transvestite who ended his life as a transsexual. i tell the story not only of ernest hemingway but ernest hemingway and his children and other people intersected with the life of this boat and it is a kind of multi biographical approach which seems to be what i know how to do, maybe the only thing i know how to do. >> host: gregory -- >> guest: gregory -- pawpaw's nickname -- he nicknamed everybody -- that is how it was pronounced -- he actually became gloria for the end of his life. he had a complete exchange and died tragically in 2001 in a woman's jail cell in miami and i knew his nickname because
a very young newt binning rich, among others. [laughter] a very thin newt gingrich, too, but that's a different story. this is a book really about the reality that in 43 years that the two of us have been immersed in the politics in washington, we have never seen it this dysfunctional. the dysfunction is at a critical mass, and we felt we had to speak out about how the problem is as the book says even worse than it looks. it never looks good. and we have to talk about who's at fault and what we can do to get out of it. half the book is about how we can get out of this mess. >> the argument, basically, is twofold. one, we have now polarized political parties internally, homogeneous, very much at loggerheads much like parliamentary parties. vehemently oppositional. but they have to work in a constitutional system that's based on separation of powers and checks and balances. the mismatch between our parties and our governing institutions is problem number one. problem number two which is the toughest thing for us to say and for many people to hear is that the parties are not equally
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